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Placid Refining (2366), Port Allen

LDEQ Accident Report

Accident #159462
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State Police #14-04686
Accident Date2014-10-16
Report Date 2014-10-22
Follow-up Date 0000-00-00
Follow-up: No

Pollutants Released

Pollutant Duration Point Source Greenhouse Gas Criteria Pollutant Ozone forming chemical Amount of Release
Sulfur Dioxide15mCrude Unit, crude processing towerNOYESNO37.0 pounds
#6 Oil15mCrude Unit, crude processing towerNONONO699.0 gallons

Accident Classified As: Below Reportable Quantity (BRQ)

Cause of Problem: Human Factors

Operations personnel was changing out a check valve on a line off a crude oil processing tower in the crude unit when reduced crude oil began leaking out of a valve inadvertently left open after preparing the line for service. The oil ignited causing a small fire.

Discharge Preventable - Yes

Notes/Remedial Actions

Operations personnel evacuated persons in the area and opened fire monitors to contain the fire. Placid's emergency response fire team extinguished the fire in approximately 15 minutes and isolated the valves to stop the leak. Water and any residual oil not burned remained within the operating unit containment area and was sent to the wastewater treatment plant. Placid will conduct operator training to prevent recurrence.